PRESS RELEASE: On Day of Speech Protest, Paul Ryan Renounces Ayn Rand

Posted April 27, 2012

While disavowing the anti-Christian philosopher, Rep. Ryan has yet to denounce his Rand-inspired budget

WASHINGTON — Catholics United, teamed with members of the faith community and social justice protesters from Georgetown University, was pleased to learn Representative Paul Ryan renounced the social Darwinist teachings of Ayn Rand before his speech on campus Thursday morning. However, Ryan refused to join the US Catholic bishops in condemning his own Rand-inspired budget proposal.

Meeting outside of Georgetown University’s Healy Hall, where Rep. Ryan spoke for an hour yesterday morning, Catholics United members and their allies led a peaceful, prayerful protest of the devastating and un-Christian cuts to aid to the poor and vulnerable found in the Republican-sponsored budget. Joining protesters was an actor portraying “GOP Jesus,” a parody of recent right-wing attempts to re-engineer Christian teaching in a conservative slant.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Catholics to Protest Paul Ryan at Georgetown University

Posted April 25, 2012

Catholics to Protest Paul Ryan at Georgetown University

Join GU Faculty, Bishops, and Theologians in Opposing Ryan Budget, Which Gives Tax Breaks to the Wealthy at Expense of the Poor

Washington — Joining a growing drumbeat of Catholic backlash against Rep. Paul Ryan for his immoral budget proposal, Catholics and people of faith will stage a protest with a 50’ banner reading “WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED THE POOR?” when he comes to Georgetown University tomorrow to give the Whittington Lecture.

Background: Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal is an outrageous slap in the face to our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Economic inequality is growing, unemployment is frustratingly high and millions are holding on by just their fingertips. In the face of this, Rep. Ryan astonishingly used his Catholic faith as justification for breaking our covenant with seniors by ending Medicare as we know it and and dismantling food aid for the poor, all while rewarding the wealthy with massive tax cuts.


Catholics United members speaks about With Charity For All on KPFK

Posted April 16, 2012

Listen below for coverage of a Catholics United member speaking to KPFK about With Charity For All:

You can listen to the With Charity For All Uprising radio coverage here:

For more information about KPFK click on their website here.


PRESS RELEASE: Lay Catholics Create Alternative Fund to Support Charities Defunded by Right-Wing Pressure

Posted April 11, 2012

WithCharityForAll.org, an alternative giving website, allows lay Catholics to support organizations without subsidizing the political activity of bishops

WASHINGTON – Catholics United, in partnership with local Catholic leaders from across the country, announced the launch of WithCharityForAll.org, an alternative donation website that allows lay Catholics and people of faith to donate to worthy charities threatened with defunding by right-wing pressure groups within the Catholic Church, as reported in an April 6 front page New York Times article.


PRESS RELEASE: On Good Friday, Catholics Demand Dolan Speak Out for the Poor

Posted April 10, 2012

Disappointed by his silence, Catholics United delivered petition to Cardinal imploring him to stand up for poor against Paul Ryan’s budget

NEW YORK – Teamed with Occupy Catholics and representatives from grassroots organizations serving the poor and marginalized, members of Catholics United, a national lay social justice organization, today peacefully demonstrated and delivered thousands of petition signatures to the New York City home of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, asking he publicly denounce the un-Christian budget proposal of Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan.

The petition, signed by more than 6,300 Catholics United members across the country, specifically called on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, of which Dolan is president, to use the same energy to denounce the social Darwinist principles of the Ryan budget as it has expended in its campaign against women’s access to contraception. Catholics United members delivered the petition after marching in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a 50 foot banner which read, “Were you there when they crucified the poor?”


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Applauds Greenhouse Gas Health Standards

Posted March 27, 2012

New rule improves air quality, shows commitment to reversing life-threatening effects of climate change

WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Carbon Pollution Standard, commonly known as a “greenhouse gas rule,” a measure that will impose limits of the emission of carbon from coal-fired power plants. The new standard will protect the health of every American and will help ensure future generations are able to live in a cleaner, more sustainable environment. The rule is another step in addressing the increasing dangers of climate change.

Catholics United welcomes this ruling, as care for God’s creation is a central component of Catholic social teaching. Pope Benedict XVI, commonly known as “the Green Pope” as he has made the environment one of his top concerns, often speaks out in favor of protecting the earth and limiting the effects of global climate change.


PRESS RELEASE: Lay Catholics Call on Bishops to Be Consistent, Defend Poor From Paul Ryan’s Budget Cuts

Posted March 21, 2012

The Silence of the Bishops is Deafening

WASHINGTON – It’s been 24 hours since Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan released a budget proposal based on the anti-Christian ideals of social Darwinist Ayn Rand. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, charged with pastoral care for the poor and vulnerable, has yet to issue a statement condemning Paul Ryan’s budget, its dramatic cuts to the poor and massive redistribution of wealth to the top 1 percent of wage-earners.

The bishops were once known as champions for the cause of the least among us. Today, they’ve shifted their focus to social issues such as women’s access to contraception. Catholics United, a nationwide network of 40,000 lay Catholics, is organizing a petition asking the bishops to strongly speak out against cuts to the poor and vulnerable.


PRESS RELEASE: Paul Ryan’s 2013 Budget Reflects the Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ

Posted March 20, 2012

Paul Ryan, a dedicated follower of atheist Ayn Rand, has turned the moral compass of the Republican Party

WASHINGTON – In his 2013 budget proposal released Tuesday, the Roman Catholic United States Congressman Paul Ryan has given us what is decidedly an un-Christian plan for America.

From calls to drastically cut spending on Medicaid, the national program designed to provide the poor with health coverage, to decimating food aid programs for the underserved, the cuts on the defenseless are staggering. By continuing to bail out Big Oil, defense contractors and his friends in the top 1 percent, his actions beg the question: when he’s writing his budgets, whose teachings is Congressman Ryan following?


PRESS RELEASE: HHS Issues New Guidance for Religious Self-Insurers and Contraceptive Mandate

Posted March 16, 2012

Catholics United praises move as another step forward for religious liberty

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced new guidance on its proposed final rule-making process affecting contraceptive coverage and religious institutions that self-insure. This was the last unresolved issue relating to the President's February 10 religious accommodation.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has pledged to oppose any rule that did not exempt any objecting private employer–such as a hypothetical Taco Bell franchisee–from the contraceptive mandate. It remains unclear how the Bishops will respond to today's announced guidance. Many Catholic moral theologians have indicated the proposed rules do not constitute direct cooperation with what the Catholic Church deems to be an immoral act. For a similar example of this reasoning, a Catholic who objects to the immorality of an unjust war is not held morally responsible for paying taxes to the state that conducts it.


PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Members Deliver Pro-Life Petition to Rep. Johnson

Posted March 15, 2012

Ohio members of Catholic group look to educate Rep. Bill Johnson on the life-saving effects of mercury regulations

WASHINGTON – Members of Catholics United today delivered more than 250 petition signatures to the Washington office of Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta), educating him on recently enacted pro-life mercury regulations.

The petitions, collected and delivered by Ohio representatives of the national Catholic social justice organization, specifically call on Johnson to better understand the effects of mercury pollution on the unborn. Bill Johnson made news earlier this year when he gave a speech at the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, and then took to the floor of the House of Representatives to denounce the EPA's life-saving mercury regulations.